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Preoccupations share “Antidote” from new LP (watch the video)

Preoccupations (fka Viet Cong) have shared "Antidote," the second single from their forthcoming album New Material. Led by a throbbing, stabbing bassline and industrial-strength drums, it's more of a pop song than you might first think, though the song takes a left turn down a long dark hallway halfway through.

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Preoccupations announce ‘New Material’ (listen to “Espionage”), touring

Canada's Preoccupations are back with their third album, bluntly titled New Material, which will be out March 23 via Jagjaguwar.

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Five Notable Releases of the Week (9/16)

Four excellent rock albums and an album that pushes the boundaries of modern-day jazz.

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Preoccupations share Dan Boeckner collaboration “Memory” from new LP

Preoccupations, the band formerly known as Viet Cong, will release their new album next week via Jagjaguwar. They've just shared the album's 11-minute centerpiece, "Memory," which features Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner...

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Gang of Four releasing live album/film (watch a clip); Andy Gill talks Frank Ocean sample, Viet Cong name change, more

Also: watch recently-released videos from Gang of Four's soon-to-be tourmates The Faint and Pictureplane.

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Preoccupations (fka Viet Cong) announce new LP, share “Anxiety,” touring this fall w/ Methyl Ethel

Preoccupations, the Canadian band formerly known as Viet Cong, will release their second album on September 16 via Jagjaguwar. You can check out first single "Anxiety," which features Matt Flegel singing in a deeper, more ominous register than we've heard before...

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Viet Cong have changed their name to Preoccupations, touring, playing Baby’s All Right (BrooklynVegan presale)

It took a while but Canadian group Viet Cong have chosen a new name: Preoccupations. The band's official statement (via Pitchfork):
After finishing our latest record and taking some time off, we are excited to announce that we will be performing and recording as "Preoccupations" going forward...

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FYF Fest 2016 lineup (Kendrick, Grace Jones, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Air, ANOHNI, Wolf Parade, Saves the Day, more)

Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem and Grace Jones, plus there's the first Air show in the US in five years, the LA debut of ANOHINI's HOPELESSNESS show, the reunited Wolf Parade, Saves the Day playing Stay What You Are in full, and more.

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Our Favorite Albums of 2015

& Amanda Hatfield

Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc...

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A Few Albums That Won’t Be On Pitchfork’s Best of 2015

Yesterday, Pitchfork put out their 100 Best Songs of 2015 list, and today they published their Honorable Mentions for albums of the year. A few of the albums did receive Best New Music during the year, like Lower Dens, Levon Vincent, Prurient and Viet Cong, and others weren't reviewed at all like ...

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